Thursday, March 14, 2019

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Assembly budget proposal includes penalty waivers for Newburgh, Chester school districts

ALBANY- The state budget approved by the Assembly includes waivers of financial penalties against the Enlarged Newburgh City School District and the Chester Union Free School District.

Assemblyman Jonathan Jacobson (D, Newburgh) secured a committment to waive the $12.5 million penalty against the Newburgh district and $3 million assessed against the Chester district.

Jacobson said the penalty was assessed because the Newburgh district failed to file a final cost report on time for a capital project.

“Because this report was not filed under an old state law that has now been repealed the state aid for this project was revoked and it was up to $17.5 million,” the assemblyman said. “The district had spent $5 million in repaying this and I was able to have this $12.5 million remaining balance of this penalty waived.”

The $3 million assessed against Chester would also be waived under the budget, which must also be approved by the Senate and signed by the governor.

 


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